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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Hanger says court ruling striking down Voter ID law is victory for justice

Hanger says court ruling striking down Voter ID law is victory for justice

Court once again stops Corbett assaults on constitutional rights


Harrisburg – John Hanger today praised Commonwealth Court’s decision, which the Voter ID law that Governor Corbett and the Republicans enacted to curtail many Pennsylvanians’ ability to cast their ballots, is unconstitutional.

“Pennsylvania courts once again have stopped Corbett’s assaults on our constitutional rights,” said Hanger. “Time and again state and federal judges have had to work overtime to block Corbett’s extreme undemocratic agenda.”

“This is the third case that Corbett lost trying to push his radical Tea Party policies,” said Hanger. “The Supreme Court struck down Act 13, the law that took away local control and handed over our Commonwealth’s air and water to the gas drillers. A federal judge threw out Corbett’s frivolous lawsuit against the NCAA Penn State sanctions, and now Commonwealth Court has acted to protect Pennsylvanians from an assault on their voting rights.”

“Not only has Corbett’s assault on the Pennsylvania Constitution insulted the public, he has wasted tens of millions of dollars in legal fees to push litigation that a first year law student would know were losers,” said Hanger. “Tom Corbett is simply not a competent governor, and the combination of incompetence and extremism threatens our basic liberties. We are thankful the courts recognize that.”

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Democratic candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania John Hanger is widely regarded as one of the most insightful and best informed progressive public policy experts in the state. Formerly a public-interest lawyer advocating on behalf of low-income families, John is nationally recognized as a leading authority on clean energy development and environmental protection. He served both Governors Casey and Rendell in key positions: first for Bob Casey as Commissioner of the Public Utilities Commission, where he successfully fought to cap electric rates to save Pennsylvania ratepayers billions and for two years as Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection in the Rendell Administration. Throughout his career in public service, John has embodied the essence of his campaign slogan "Policy first, politics second."

9 comments :

Anonymous said...

Open the flood gates to allow illegal....I am sorry "undocumented Americans"....to vote people like Hanger in so they can continue to snub their noses at hardworking people that are paying taxes to support their way of life. Similar to the way Mr. Hanger's President got in office.

Anonymous said...

The defendents in this court case when asked were not able to come up with even a single instance of voter fraud that this law would have stopped. It is a made up problem. If it wasn't they would have been able to come up with dozens of examples. AGAIN I REPEAT - THEY COULDN'T PRODUCE ONE EXAMPLE!!! Corbett and his Republican friends wasted 10's of millions of dollars on this unconstitutional law. SO MUCH FOR BEING THE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE PARTY!!!

Anonymous said...

quiet 430

Millionaires on Fox News told me if we didn't get voter id the world would end.

Why would they lie to me?

Besides, it's not like Corbett's government systematically disenfranchises PA citizens at every turn.

(sarcasm off)

Anonymous said...

Everyone should be required to show ID to vote...end of story. You need ID to drive, fly, open a bank account etc...why not to vote? It's far from Un-constitutional to prove your a citizen of this country to vote for leaders in this country. If you have nothing to hide, what's the big deal?????

Anonymous said...

Though I am skeptical of the prevalence of voter fraud, tough it probably does exist. How can you know if it exists unless you ask someone for positive Id and they are attempting to vote in place of someone else, someone who is dead or doesn't exist. Though I do believe that we shouldn't have to have to provide anything to our govt. unless reasonable cause or suspicion, the reasons that are presented to get rid or block the id law are complete bogus. If you can go though the trouble registering to vote or signing up for the selective service, getting an ID for little to no cost should be a breeze. If you cant afford one I'm sure there are plenty of partisan organizations that would be delighted to aid anyone to give their candidates a good reputation (ie:Acorn). Ultimately we shouldn't have to show our ID but the claims of these laws being racist or discriminatory are outlandish.

Anonymous said...

A true American would not support this law if he knew that its net result would be to disenfranchise one party's voters more than the other party's voters, correct? Because he would have to conclude that the results would not reflect the democratic (small D) process and would not reflect the consent of the governed. So let's pretend the research (and there is plenty) clearly showed that that voter ID law would benefit the Democrats because more of them would be able to produce a valid photo ID. Would the Republican Party, which overwhelmingly favors this law, be as inclined to ramrod it through if that were the case and their own candidates and causes would suffer because of the skewered election results? Are supporters of this really motivated by trying to stamp out voter fraud?

Anonymous said...

7:47 "If you have nothing to hide, what's the big deal?"

When you find yourself uttering such nonsense, use it as an sign that it's time to shut up and rethink your politics.

They are the words of a person who would watch his rights slip through his fingers.

"Papers please, citizen!"

Anonymous said...

If you want to steal an election, you don't do it one vote at a time by sending illegitimate voters to the polls. You do it by fudging the numbers at the point of tallying. You "accidentally" loose ballots from unfavorable precincts. You tamper with voting machines. You gerrymander districts. You work to disenfranchise blocks of voters who are likely to disagree with you. You aren't going to get the kind of numbers you need to flip an election from individual voter fraud.

All I want is a little honesty from the people who support these voter ID laws. If you really wanted to protect the integrity of our elections, you would be demanding stronger oversight of vote tallying, better paper trails from voting machines, or any number of other ways to protect our elections. You wouldn't be focusing all of your efforts on stopping a method of election rigging that doesn't even work. Just be honest. You support these laws because you know it will shave a couple points off the Democratic rolls.

Of course some people might just need to read up a little more, in which case I would encourage you to do so. The real culprits are the politicians who know exactly what they are doing with this. They know they are trying to pass laws that favor their own party, and they are using the rhetoric of protecting our democracy to do it. It's that level of dishonesty which I can't stomach. Please don't hide behind the values of our great democracy, which you are actively or unwittingly trying to erode.

Anonymous said...

I have never heard an honest answer to a very simple question. You need an ID for almost everything the list is endless. Why not to vote? The ID is even free . I don't understand why democrats thinks it will hurt their party.